Duration: 20 days/19 nights Vehicle: Minibus Price: $2790
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Itinerary Northern Vietnam Adventure tour 20 days 19 nights:
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Today is the arrival day and a transfer will be provided from the airport to the hotel. There are no activities planned for today but this evening we will meet with our group leader and fellow travelers to discuss the outlines of the tour and also to answer any questions you may have. Following the group meeting, which usually takes one hour, we will have dinner at one of Hanoi’s many fine restaurants. Overnight in Army hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B)
AM, after breakfast at hotel. We drive to the Ho Chi Minh complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh. Here, large crowds gather to pay their respects to the man they simply call Uncle Ho as they silently file past his glass sarcophagus.
The complex also contains the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the founding of the city in the 11th century. The pagoda, supported by a single stone pillar, is said to resemble a lotus blossom. The Presidential palace and Uncle Ho’s house on stilts can also be seen here. Ho Chi Minh was not comfortable with the idea of living in a Palace, and so had the more simple stilt house built for him.
We follow this with a walking tour of Hanoi’s vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the focal point of the city. Legend has it that in the 15th century Emperor Le Thai To vanquished the invading Chinese with the help of a magical sword. Whilst rowing on the lake an enormous turtle seized the sword from his grasp. The Emperor took this to mean that peace had returned and the sword had been given back to its guardian spirit. In honor of the event he renamed the lake ‘Ho Hoan Kiem’ – Lake of the Restored Sword. The old Quarter with its bustling streets are home to hundreds of small thriving businesses, each street denoting its trade, such as Fish Street. We walk around the exciting Dong Xuan covered market, the largest in Hanoi. Here you can buy anything from ghost money (usually fake 100$ bills) to imitation Rolex watches.
In the afternoon, we visit the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s oldest university, dating back to the 11th century. The temple is dedicated to one of the worlds most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the turtle grounds huge stone stele rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnamese culture the turtle represents longevity). The stele recorded the names of the successful candidates who would later go on to become mandarins in the Emperors court. From here we visit the impressive Museum of Ethnology, the finest museum in Vietnam. This museum is dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities, several of which we will see on our forthcoming trek.
Day 3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
AM: Car pick up at your hotel. Leave Hanoi at 8.15 am from Ha Long city by modern bus. On the way you will have a short-break about 20 minutes. Arrive Ha Long around 12.00 AM, getting on deluxe junk and enjoy and welcome drink and lunch of savoury local sea food.
PM: Start cruising around the bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations: Lion, Tea Pot, Toad, Human Head islets, then stop for a walk through the Sung Sot cave (Amazing Cave). The junk arrive Ti Top island, you will have 1 hour for visiting, climbing and swimming.
There will be plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing (if weather permitted) after the boat anchors at a lean calm sea. Enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner in our beautiful restaurant before retiring to the comfort of your cabin. Overnight on the boat.
Day 4 : Ha Long - Lang Son (B)
AM, after breakfast, Car pick up at Boat port and transfer to Lang Son, about 190 km.
Check in Hoang Son Hai Hotel. PM, free time for relax and shopping at Market near Chinese border, everything very cheap here.
Day 5: Lang Son - Cao Bang (B)
AM, after breakfast at hotel. Car pick up transfer to Cao Bang about 150km.
Check in Bang Giang hotel relax.
PM, jeep ride to Ban Gioc, the most wonderful waterfall in Vietnam. Where a border river broken and fallen down.
Day 6: Cao Bang - Ha Giang (B)
AM, Car pick up at lobby hotel, transfer to Ha Giang about 280km. Check in hotel. Ha Giang, the remote northern province of Vietnam, where H’mong people consider as their capital. Meeting many ethnic villages en route with rich culture.
Day 7: Meo Vac (B)
Am, after breakfast at hotel. Depart early morning to visit the wonderful world of ethnic people, about 170km. Get picture of many impressive scenery en route and colorful weekly market. Visit the palace of H’mong King. Overnight at Hoang Nhat hotel.
Day 8: Meo Vac - Hoang Su Phi (B)
AM. Car pick up transfer to Hoang Su Phi with 270km. Occupancy at Panhou resort. Spend time to relax and explorer.
Day 9: Trekking (B, L, D)
To visit minority villages, you will have opportunity to finding about H’mong people and their life. Very interesting for this. Overnight in Dzao house.
Day 10: Sapa (B)
AM, car pick up and transfer to Sapa about 200km.
Check in Royal View Hotel. Time for relax and enjoy lunch.
Visit Sapa town in the afternoon, then trek Cat Cat village of H’mong tribe in the valley, which remains very generly uncorrupted outside forces. Excellent view of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H’mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village down into the valley, the Cat Cat water fall will be visible. A ‘White curtain’ cascade appears, surrounded by flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather.
Dinner at restaurant. Then discover Sapa in night, see ethnic people activities and life in Sapa.
Day 11: Sapa - Lai Chau (B)
AM, after breakfast, have a walk to Tavan village, a village of Red Dzao and Giay people. Further on a long the road, the red old Marble Beach and Cloud Bridge can be seen. Visit the village and reach their customs.
PM, car pick up and transfer to Lai Chau. From Sapa to Lai Chau about 75 km.
Arrive Lai Chau, you are stunning mountain landscapes. The pace is very relaxed, a perfect way to observe the local lifestyle close up. After wards we have free time to explore the town and pack for trekking day. Check in Lan Anh 2 Hotel.
Day 12: Lai Chau (B)
The remote and extremely beautiful mountain region of Lao Cai is ideal for anyone seeking a true adventure and trekking expedition. This morning we take a short drive before we set off on a full day trekking, using the local path.
Along the way we cross over several hill villages which are populated by the H’mong and Dzao ethnic minority people, just some of Vietnam’s most colorful ethnic minority groups. They have settled there long time ago. Overnight at Lan Anh 1 Hotel.
Day 13: Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu (B)
AM, car pick up and transfer to Dien Bien Phu about 210km. Occupancy at Him Lam Hotel.
Dien Bien Phu, the site of the decisive battle in Vietnam’s struggle for independence in 1954. After checking into our central located hotel we enjoy a walk around to see this fast growing town. Our main stop is Dien Bien Phu’s museum which details the event in place. We also pay a visit to the old battle field where the lush vegetations grows behind many war relics including old French tanks and artillery pieces.
Day 14: Dien Bien Phu - Son La (B)
Morning, Upon leaving Dien Bien to Son La about 170km, the roads begins to deteriorate, but drive offer some fantastic views and interesting visit to many hill villages linked to the road which is the main artery of trade between northeastern region.
Arrival Son La, after check in Cong Doan Hotel, we take a walk around this mountain town. There is a little traffic on roads and many Black Thai in traditional costume scurry in all directions. This is provincial museum and the nearby old prison are some of this hill town’s major sights. We have a chance to visit these before we leave for our next destination.
Day 15: Than Uyen (B)
Am, from Son La, car transfer to Than Uyen about 120km. Check in Hoa Binh hotel. Enjoy lunch there.
PM. Private time for sightseeing and relax.
Day 16: Than Uyen - Sapa (B)
AM, car pick up transfer to Sapa about 140km.
Sapa was founded in the early years of the last century as a hill resort for French administrators when the heat on the plain became unbearable. We arrive in Sapa by mid night , check-in Royal hotel and enjoy lunch there. PM,can soak up the fresh climate as much as we want to by spending our time wandering this famous hill town. The ethnic people are frequently seen on the main street of Sapa and small vendors along the street sell local textiles and handicraft.
Day 17: Sapa - Bac Ha (B)
AM, continue for sightseeing in Sapa, The range of Phan Si Pan boasts Vietnam’s highest mountain and lends an alpine feel to the area surrounding this hill station. Today we have enough time to visit the bustling Sapa Market where the Red Dzao, Black H’mong, Tay and Xa Pho ethnic minorities converge from the nearby mountainsides and valleys to trade their goods and buy provisions.
After lunch, Car transfer to Bac Ha about 120km. Check in Cung Phu hotel. Embark a walk this afternoon, visiting the H’mong King’s former residence and Ban Pho where the villagers make the potent local maize wine. Enjoy dinner and relax.
Day 18: Bac Ha - Ha Noi (B)
After breakfast, the return journey begins as we depart Bac Ha Town and pass through the verdant and rugged mountain scenery to Hanoi. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Vietnam. We see very few other traveler, mostly rural duelers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive is very long, but we can make many stops along the way to stretch our legs and take some’ wonderful photographs. Late evening arrive Hanoi and check in Army hotel. Dinner for your own.
Day 19: Departure Hanoi ( B )
After breakfast, car pick up you at lobby of your hotel and take you go to Noi Bai Airport for go home. Tour ends.
PACKAGE TOUR: 2790 USD/ PERSON
- Car & Transportation with air-condition.
- Excellent English Speaking guide.
- Hotel accommodation: Double sharing room.
- Cruise in Halong Bay.
- Daily breakfast.
- Meals as mentioned on the itinerary.
- All entrance fees.
- Services charge.
- Daily expense: Telephone, Laundry, drinks,…
- Insurance & Tips.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Appropriate clothing for the season.
- Hat and sunscreen.
- Comfortable clothing and footwear for walking.
- Sense of fun and adventure.